Carson Valley’s Signature Sandwich For 2014: ‘The Marchello’ From Café Girasole



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It grabbed a lead early in the week and never really looked back. Despite some tough competition from Minden Meat & Deli and its Signature Tri-Tip, Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole came away with the CVT Sandwich Wars title for 2014, carrying nearly 37 percent of the vote for “The Marchello” – Carson Valley’s Signature Sandwich for 2014.

More than 1,200 votes were counted during the virtual throw-down and, as has been the case through our monthly searches, no one commanded a majority of the vote.

What that says to us is that there are some great sandwiches out there created by local minds. We’d have a heck of a time choosing just one ourselves. On that note, get out and try our winner, any of the four finalists, or any of the nominees. You’re not likely to be disappointed. Same goes for the burgers and pizzas we voted on in October and November.

And start thinking about Soup Wars in January. We’ll take soups and stews and chilis. Basically, anything with broth served in a bowl. Send your nominees to us at The nomination round starts Jan. 5.


CVT Wars Schedule

(Subject to Change)

January – Soup Wars
February – Beef Wars
March – App Wars
April – Breakfast Wars
May – Pasta Wars
June – Salad Wars
July – Dessert Wars
August – Open
September – Fry Wars
October – Burger Wars
November – Pizza Wars
December – Sandwich Wars




Minden Meat & Deli: “Signature Tri-Tip Sandwich”

Signature Tri-Tip
Signature Tri-Tip

1595 Highway 395, Minden (775) 783-9999

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hot, tender slices of Yukon Gold marinated tri-tip on a soft & grilled steak roll. Try it with the house barbecue sauce or bump it up to the deluxe with lettuce, tomato, onion and your choice of cheese. Throw in a side of beer-battered or sweet-potato fries to top it off.


Cafe Girasole: “Marchello”

The Marchello
The Marchello

1483 Highway 395, Gardnerville (775) 782-3314

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Full of provolone, turkey, carmelized onions, artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, garlic aioli and pesto, this panini served on sourdough is one of the Cafe’s most popular sellers. Comes with a side of house dressing and salad.


The Grill Next Door: “New School Grill Cheese”

New School Grilled Cheese
New School Grilled Cheese

1302 Langley Drive, Suite 3, Gardnerville Ranchos

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Perfect for a rainy or snowy day, three kinds of cheese melt around grilled slices of bacon between slices of sourdough crusted with even more cheese. Try the Danimal version with jalapeno slices crusted to the outside. Sandwich comes with fries or hand-battered onion rings. Add a cup of house tomato soup to top it off.


I’d Eat There: “Po’ Boy”

The Po' Boy
The Po’ Boy

1685 Highway 395, Suite B, Minden (775) 364-0545

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Known for it’s boyish good looks, this sandwich is anything but po’. Full of flavor, these seasoned, deep fried shrimp are dressed with romaine, cabbage, sliced tomato, and house made rémoulade sauce. Add a toasted French baguette and let the good times roll! The best part… you don’t have to travel 1,795 miles to get this Louisiana favorite.



If none of the finalists sound like the sandwich for you, try one of these:

JT Basque Bar & Dining Room: “Steak Sandwich”

Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “The South Philly”

Katie’s Country Kitchen, Carson Valley Inn: “The Monte Cristo”

Carson Valley Country Club: “Country Club Crab Sandwich”

Full Belly Deli: “The Nancy”

Hamdogs: “The Grilled Hawaiian”

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “BBQ Brisket Sandwich”

Minden Food Company: “Cable Car Panini”

Topaz Lodge Lakeview Coffee Shop: “Pepperjack Pastrami”

Wild Horse Bar & Grill: “Range Melt”

Sierra Gourmet Grill & Wine Bar: “Grilled Tri-Tip Sandwich”

Corner Bar: “Chicken Pesto”

88 Cups: “Carolina Pulled Pork”




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